On 29 October 2020, MedTech Europe (the European trade association for the medical technology industry of which Medline is a member) published a statement warning about counterfeit products, fraudulent web activity and falsified or misleading certificates since the outbreak of COVID-19. In addition, their statement aims to raise awareness about this risk of acquiring products of substandard quality that do not comply the required safety and performance standards.
MedTech Europe recommends buyers of protective equipment/personal protective equipment (PPE) to pay attention to the reliability of sales channels and producers. Furthermore, MedTech Europe encourages companies to take all necessary steps to help prevent counterfeit or substandard products from getting into the supply chain in order to ensure due diligence and security of the supply chain.
In solidarity with MedTech and to support the healthcare industry, Medline also denounces practices that jeopardise the safety and performance of protective equipment and any related fraudulent activities. This is why we would like to share some ways to verify the documentation that accompanies Medline’s PPE, thereby guaranteeing an adequate level of protection for the health and safety of users.
Products must have the information, marking and documentation indicated in the PPE Regulation (EU Regulation 2016/425) and include the content that is requested there. This is especially important when verifying whether the protective equipment/PPE you received is legitimate or fraudulent.